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Pressure Ulcer Management & Bed Sores Prevention Products

How to Choose a Pressure Ulcer Prevention Products

Pressure Ulcers, also known as Bed sores and decubititus, can greatly affect the overall comfort of an ambulatory patient.There are several different types of products to prevent pressure ulcers and bed sores on the market, but which one is the right one for you? The correct pressure ulcer treatment product for you is contingent upon your symptoms and the level of severity that the ulcers have progressed to. Some of the manufacturers that we carry that offer bed sores and pressure ulcer management include the following:

  • Posey: Posey develops products that place safety at the center of the circle of care while maintaining a goal of providing a safer patient environment. Posey develops and distributes a wide variety of products, including but not limited to foot elevators, elbow protectors, heel pillows, memory foam cushions and heel guards.
  • MedLine: Medline manufactures and distributes over 350,000 products, including bed sores prevention products & supplies. The innovative products of MedLine can be found in most hospitals, extended-care facilities, surgery centers, physician offices, home care dealers, home health agencies and retail outlets. MedLine pressure ulcer treatment products include heel protectors, elbow protectors, and convoluted foam boots, to name a few.
  • Briggs Healthcare:Briggs HealthCare serves more than 50,000 customers in the senior care, acute care, physician and retail markets and distribute over 10,000 products, including pressure ulcer treatment products.

Are Pressure Ulcers Preventable?

Pressure ulcers can be preventable with the correct care. One of the contributing factors to preventing pressure ulcers includes proper skin care, daily skin inspection and proper bathing routine (warm water and mild soap). The following techniques are correct ways to manage pressure for preventing pressure ulcers:

  • Ensure appropriate support surface.
  • Reposition body at two hour intervals (every two hours).
  • Use pillows or a positioning boot to off-load heels.
  • If seated in a chair, reposition every hour.
  • If lying on the side, use a pillow between the legs.
  • Refrain from using doughnut-type devices.

What Is a Pressure Ulcer?

A pressure ulcer, sometimes also called a decubitus or bed sore, is a sore that develops as a result of damage caused by pressure over time. Some intrinsic contributing factors include the following:

  • Malnutrition
  • Dehydration
  • Impaired mobility
  • Chronic conditions
  • Impaired sensation
  • Decreased LOC
  • Infection
  • Advance age
  • Steroid use
  • Pressure ulcer present

Some external contributing factors include:

  • Pressure
  • Friction
  • Moisture
  • Incontinence
  • Shear

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